Lahore: In the World Cup 2023 being hosted by India, Pakistan played its first match against Netherlands on October 6. Now will face Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The teams will clash against India on October 14 in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, about 60 Pakistani journalists are waiting to come to India to cover the World Cup. Delay in getting visas for Pakistani fans and journalists. Former Pakistani captain Mohammad Hafeez has taken a dig at the BCCI on many issues like empty stadiums, mismanagement regarding tickets. Hafeez had retired from international cricket in January 2022 after a long career of 18 years. A video of the 42-year-old batsman taunting BCCI is going viral on social media. Hafeez himself has shared a video on X (formerly Twitter). In the video, he can be seen saying, ‘Overall, in the four days of the World Cup, we have seen poor arrangements and poor planning. Secondly, the biggest problem I have seen in this is that fans are not reaching the field. When you create a global tournament you have to take your mind to the global level to make decisions. You can never take big decisions with small intentions.
PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf met Foreign Secretary Cyrus Sajjad Qazi on Monday to discuss the delay in issuing visas to Pakistan fans and journalists. Visa applications for Pakistani journalists go through the ministries of home, foreign and sports in India. According to the PCB statement, Ashraf also requested the Foreign Secretary to take up the issue with the Indian Home Ministry and the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
The PCB said in this statement, ‘The PCB is extremely disappointed to see that journalists and fans from Pakistan still face uncertainty in obtaining Indian visas to cover matches in the ICC World Cup 2023. The PCB would like to once again remind the ICC and BCCI of the terms and conditions with the obligations set out in the host agreement to guarantee visas for fans and journalists of the participating teams.